Networking is a smart move for professionals in any industry. You make connections with your peers, learn from the experiences that others have gone through, and open the doors for career opportunities.
The same is true for healthcare professionals and can even be necessary for healthcare institutions themselves, as became obvious in Australia. The Epping Hospital in Melbourne is already busy and the local population is rapidly growing. Placing ads isn’t enough because professionals not specifically looking for another job might not notice them. So the hospital is making use of LinkedIn.
To many, networking is generally an outward-facing activity. But there are good reasons to encourage all your staff to network — inside the organization. The point is not to help people find new jobs, although internal transfers are certainly a possibility. Instead, internal networking can help your staff and you in the following ways.
Any business or undertaking requires people to work along with one another. The path to smoother working is seeing others as human beings, not as cogs in some organizational machine. The only way to achieve that, to form relationships, is to spent time with others. Internal networking can help that happen.
Organizations may have processes and technology, but employees are the ones who actually address problems and solve them. The best way to do so is to know people in other departments and to have existing relations so you can make a few calls and pull together the knowledge and resources necessary to take action. Internal networking lets you start developing these partnerships and connections that can be handy down the line.
Learn to do their work better
No one’s work is on an island, to badly paraphrase the poet John Dunne. The actions you take affect others. What others do will influence, enable, or limit what you can do. The better your staff is connected with other people in the institution, the more they’ll hear what happens beyond their own rounds or desks and the more thoroughly they can understand how to do their job in a way that is harmonious with what others need to do.
Expand internal communications
Healthcare is nothing without communications. Professionals of all stripes interact with the shared responsibility to help patients improve their lives. Communications is vital. The best way to ensure that it happens is to open the channels early and keep them refreshed. Regular internal networking does just that and, as one of its benefits, helps the care provider do better by all patients.
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